Research Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

Birmingham Business School (BBS) is renowned for its research. With over 200 lecturing and research staff, internationally recognized as authorities in their fields, our research contributes to academic debates and has worldwide impact.

ESRC PhD Scholarships

Birmingham Business School welcomes PhD students who are interested in obtaining an ESRC PhD Studentship. An ESRC PhD Studentship covers Home/UK tuition fees and provides an annual stipend of approximately £15,560. There are two types of Studentship available. A +3 award covers tuition fees and provides an annual stipend for three years of PhD study. Typically, this route is open to students who already hold a masters degree with ESRC recognised research training. Alternatively, a 1+3 award is similar but also covers tuition fees and an annual stipend for a year of masters study at Birmingham on the MA Social Research degree, an ESRC recognised masters degree. 

Further details of the Studentships are available here and eligibility criteria are available here. Home/UK and International students are eligible to apply, although there is a cap on the number of International studentships available. To be classed as a Home/UK student, applicants must either: 

  • Be a UK national (and meet residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (and meet residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

The full details, including residency requirements, are available in Annex One of the guidance document. If you are interested in applying for ESRC funding, you should contact the relevant Pathway Lead before 11 December 2020. Dr Danny McGowan ( is the pathway lead for Management & Business Studies and Finance. Dr Michael Henry ( is the pathway lead for Economics.

The application portal will open for applications in November 2020. The deadline for applicants to upload their application form, transcripts and CV is Tuesday 26 January 2021. If you require further details about an ESRC PhD Studentship, please contact Dr Danny McGowan, Director of Postgraduate Research.

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